LIONS AND ELEPHANTS AND SPRINGBOKS, Oh My
Starting August 13, I will be traveling to and then traveling in Tanzania, Africa.
The trip should take two weeks. My wife and I have endured long flights to and from New Zealand. We are as prepared as we can be for more time than anyone should have to spend in a coach seat in an airplane both going to Africa and again when we return to the United States.
We didn’t have to get shots but we were advised to take medication to avoid malaria. We will.
My wife and I, along with two friends who are great people to vacation with and eleven people we have not yet met, are going “on safari.” We won’t be shooting animals with anything deadlier than a camera. We are promised lodges and “luxury tents” in national parks, but the tour cannot guarantee which animals we will see. There is a “roll with the punches” clause in the information we have. We will visit villages and schools as well as trying to find wildlife.
We have watched movies and read books to prepare, but I’m certain the reality will be, uh, really real and different. We will be in southeast Africa just a little south of the equator. So the water will spiral down the drain in the opposite direction than it does here. It did in New Zealand. The seasons are the opposite of what they are here so it should be the cooler time of the year.
I’ve learned that Arusha, Tanzania is a sister city to Kansas City, Missouri. You may hear more about the trip when I return.